By Amir Mir

Jose Mourinho has asked Manchester United transfer negotiator Ed Woodward to make a £16million January swoop for Seamus Coleman, according to a report.

The Sunday People report that Old Trafford boss Mourinho has identified Coleman as the solution to the team’s right-back problem.

It is said that Everton manager Ronald Koeman is a big fan of the 27-year-old and is unwilling to let his key defender leave the Merseyside club following the £50million summer departure of John Stones to Manchester City.

Former United and Everton boss David Moyes purchased Coleman from Irish outfit Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in 2009.

He tried to sign the Republic of Ireland international for a second time when he was at Old Trafford three years ago but a deal could not be agreed.

The Daily Star report that Coleman earns £38,000-a-week, with the Irishman appearing in five appearances in the Premier League and the EFL Cup for Koeman’s side this term.

But that will not put off Mourinho, who has been left unimpressed with Matteo Darmian, who has made only one appearance for the Manchester club this season.

Antonio Valencia has been deployed at full-back due to his speed, strength and experience, traits Coleman possesses in abundance.

Mourinho wants a ready-made right-back with plenty of experience, as Republic of Ireland international Coleman has 184 Premier League appearances to his name.

In other Everton transfer news, Farhad Moshiri has requested more information on this £10 million deal.